SWANA Pacific Chapter – BC & Yukon, in cooperation with the City of Kelowna’s Glenmore Landfill, are offering this 2 ½ day hands-on training course to promote the successful operations of composting in BC and the Yukon.

Topics covered include:

  • Organics Collection and Processing overview.
  • What is composting and why compost?
  • Feedstock Composition
  • Composting – The Science, the Benefits and Challenges
  • Marketing
  • Odour Control
  • Safety
  • Local Regulations and Organic Matter Recycling Regulations (OMRR) Updates

This course will include field tours and exercises at the City of Kelowna Glenmore Landfill and the GlenGrow Yardwaste Facility in Kelowna. Students will be learning with a hands-on approach at an operating facility. Both processing, handling and curing equipment will be demonstrated.


  • Ruth McDougall
  • Mark Watt (SC)
  • Jose Garcia
  • TBA

The course will be using the latest version of The Composting Handbook (Rynk et al, Jan. 2022) as a primary resource. This text book will be part of the registration and is required to have on hand at the course.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion and CEUs where applicable.

Who Should Attend?

  • Professionals who manage municipal composting programs;
  • Operators of municipal composting programs;
  • Waste Management Consultants and Professionals;
  • Composting/Recycling Association Professionals;
  • Agricultural Industry Representatives;
  • Equipment Vendors;
  • Public Officials

Registration Details

Course Location:

City of Kelowna Glenmore Landfill
Administration Building
2720 John Hindle Drive
Kelowna, BC


  • October 19 (12:30 – 05:00 PM); October 20 & 21 (08:00 – 05:00 PM), 2022

Registration Fee:

  • SWANA Members: $675 plus GST for the training course which includes a manual
  • Non-members: $775 plus GST for the training course which includes a manual

Training course includes classroom instruction, manual, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks for all days.

As this training course is being offered as a pilot, we are encouraging those that attend to take an active role in learning and exchanging ideas.  

Registration is limited to 17 students.

Accommodation Information:

We have not made arrangements for preferred rates at local hotels for this course, due to requirements for the size of block we would need to be able to fill. For those who are not local and will require a hotel in the area, rates at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center Kelowna start at $152/night for this period and rates at the Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna start at $131/night for this period.

Please make your reservations with one of these hotels directly:

  • Ramada Hotel – 2170 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC  250.860.9711
  • Sandman Hotel – 2130 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC  250.860.6409


The SWANA Pacific Chapter is seeking sponsorship to help develop our new composting training. If you are interested in participating, please contact Stephanie Moorman at [email protected] .


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